Defending champions Bangladesh suffered a seven-wicket loss against England in a lop-sided contest to make a poor start to their campaign at the ICC U-19 Men’s World Cup 2022 in Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis. (More Cricket News)
Opting to bat, Bangladesh were bundled out for a paltry 97 by England, who then returned to overhaul the target in 25.1 overs. England produced a lethal bowling effort to reduce Bangladesh to 51 for 9 in the 25th over at Warner Park in the Group A match.
No.11 Ripon Mondol hit 33 not out in a spirited last-wicket stand of 46 with Naimur Rohman (11) to drag Bangladesh close to the 100-mark. Left-arm pacer Joshua Boyden was the pick of the bowlers for England with figures of 4 for 16, while right-arm fast bowler Thomas Aspinwall scalped two wickets, giving away 18 runs.
Besides, Tom Prest (1/5), Fateh Singh (1/29) and James Sales (1/29) took a wicket each. In reply, England lost opener George Thomas (15) and captain Tom Prest (4) but Jacob Bethell (44) and James Rew (26 not out) put on 65 before the former was run out just shy of the finish line as England cruised to victory.
Earlier, Bangladesh’s decision to bat first backfired as they lost wickets at regular intervals and slumped to 26 for 5 by the 14th over. Bangladesh made a slow start to their innings before losing their first wicket -- Mahfijul Islam -- in the fifth over.
Bangladesh’s struggle from the onset can be gauged from the fact that only four of their batters managed double digit scores, with last man Mondal top-scoring with a 41-ball unbeaten knock which was studded with five boundaries and one six.
Chasing the total, England got off to a slightly nervy start as Bethell survived a run-out scare when SM Meherob could not gather the ball at the stumps with only five on the board. He survived a close lbw appeal off Ashiqur shortly after before opening partner Thomas began to up the ante after a cautious start.
But having hit three fours, Thomas perished for 15 when he miscued another attacking shot off Ripon to leave England 20 for one in the ninth over.
That breakthrough gave Bangladesh a small glimmer of hope but when the English captain Prest nicked one behind off his counterpart Rakibul for four soon after, the game was very much on.
However, Rew joined hands with Bethell and together they batted superbly, counteracting the Bangladesh spin attack to alleviate any potential English nerves. Bethell eventually was run out by Ariful but by then the game was all but over.
William Luxton strode out to the crease and promptly hit his first ball down the ground for six before hit the winning runs off the first ball of the 26th over.
England thus picked up a comfortable two points to go top of Group A ahead of their match against Canada on Tuesday, while Bangladesh will look to bounce back on Thursday against the same opponents, who lost to the UAE in their opener on Saturday.
Brief scores: Bangladesh: 97 all out in 35.2 overs (Ripon Mondol not out 33; Joshua Boyden 4/16, Thomas Aspinwall 2/18) lost to England 98/3 in 25.1 overs (Jacob Bethell 44; Rakibul Hasan 1/13) by seven wickets.